- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The party has ended for Tareq Salahi, at least when it comes to tourism.

The White House party-crasher resigned his position on the Virginia Tourism Corp. board Monday.

The resignation, which Mr. Salahi said in his letter was “due to the extraordinary misinformation resulting in the unfortunate negative and tabloid type media surrounding our attendance at the White House,” marks the first real consequence for him and wife Micheala crashing the Nov. 24 state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the White House.

The couple declined an invitation last week to testify before the House Committee on Homeland Security, where Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan testified that the security lapse was an isolated incident. He also told the panel three Secret Service agents have been put on administrative leave.

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On Wednesday, the committee voted to issue subpoenas to the couple.

Mr. Salahi said in his resignation letter to Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine that he thought his continued service to the board “could possibly be a distraction.”

Last week, Mr. Kaine, who appointed Mr. Salahi in 2006 to the board at the request of the 15 member Virginia Tourism Corp., called the couple “big self-promoters.”

Mr. Kaine, who also is chairman of the Democratic National Committee, called the breach a serious issue and said he had asked Katherine K. Hanley, secretary of the commonwealth, to talk with Mr. Salahi about the incident.

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